Large contingent of Rangers fans at various points along boards here at Philips Arena. Upper levels very empty. Brandon Prust gave puck to one fan near faceoff circle at Rangers end.
It's Henrik Lundqvist and Johna Hedberg in the nets and Sean Avery in the stands, a healthy scratch, along with Aaron Voros. Essentially a game for each team to inch closer to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Expected NYR lines, at least to start,: Prospal-Jokinen-Gaborik; Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan; Prust-Christensen-Drury; Shelley-Boyle-Lisin
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Thrashers overall D good on paper for sure: Hainsey, Bogosian, Enstrom, Oduya, Kubina, Chelios . Thrashers have territorial edge and better chacnes in first five minutes. Gaborik has only Rangers shot from left circle. But Rangers take 2-0 lead on goals 41 seconds apart. Vinny Prospal's slapper from the left side on a rush bangs off Hedberg's outstretched glove at 7:49. Then, on a power play, Marian Gaborik fires in the puck off a scramble in front with Hedberg down ad guarding opposite post...At 11:23, Pavel kubina goes off for a trip...And on a 5 on 3, with Thorburn holding Dubinsky on a breakaway, Prospal gets his second of the period, 3-0 Rangers.with 6:34 to go